Capitol Allergy & Asthma Center

Dr. Maadhava Ellaurie M.D.

Sterling, VA 703.444.0817 |  Laurel, MD  301.775-5173

 

 Patient Education                                                                          Allergy & Asthma Links
Allergic Diseases

Allergies can develop at any age and can be influenced by heredity.  Allergic symptoms are caused by the detection of allergens (pollen, animal dander, dust, mold, etc.)  These alergens are non-threatening to msot people and can be found almost verywhere, yet in some peeople they can trigger a severe immune system response. 
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Food Allergies

About 11 million Americans have food allergies, 59% of those are allergic to seafood and 27% of those are allergic to nuts.  90% of all allergic reactions are caused by 8 proteins found in a number of foods; these are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc.), wheat (gluten), soy, fish, and shellfish (shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters, clam, etc.)  Food allergens that cause an allergic reaction are usually proteins.  Read more...


Asthma

A chronic disease of the lungs.  Its symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing.  These symptoms can be caused by allergens or non-allergic substances (eg. air temperature, respiratory infections, cigarette smoke, etc.)
  The goals of good asthma care are to be free of asthma symptoms, go to school everyday, participate in all sports and activities, be able to sleep through the night, avoid unplanned doctor's office visits, avoid emergency room visits or stays in the hospital, and see that parents do not miss work because of their child's asthma.  Read more ...

Common Allergens

Knowing the common allergens is the first step in the battle against eliminating allergens.   The most common allergens are cat dander, dust mite, fragrance, mold, pollen, ragweed.  Read more ...


Eliminate Allergens
To eliminate allergens you first have to learn how to elimonate them. You should not use products with perfumes or dyes, don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can quickly grow, don't hang sheets, towels, or clothing out to dry because pollen may collect in them, etc.  Read more ...

Hay Fever

Allergic Rhinitis (commonly known as hay fever) afflicts 35 million people in the U.S. alone.  Its symptoms include congestion, sneezing, itchy runny nose, and itchy watery eyes.  Read More ...

Eczema

Atopic dermatitis (commonly known as Eczema) is a skin condition. Its symptoms include itchy, scaly, red skin, and flaking or peeling of the skin.  The condition is commonly seen in infants, but can occur later in life.  An increased likelihood of this skin condition is found in individuals who have a family history of asthma or hay fever.  Read More ...

Hives

Urticaria (commonly known as hives) are the itchy, swollen red bumps that appear on the skin as a result of an allergic reaction.  These umps that appear on the skin as a result of an allergic reaction.  These bumps typically occur in clusters on the skin's surface and they can differ in size. 
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Anaphylaxis

A severe, and sometimes life-threatening allergic reaction to an allergen.  These allergens can include a substance injected into the skin or something ingested (eg. food or medication).  The first indications of anaphylaxis include feelings of warmth, flushing, redness of the skin or a tingling sensation in the mouth.  Read More ...

Mold Avoidance

Molds are a diverse subgroup of fungi, a classification which also includes mushrooms, yeasts, rusts, and smuts.  The term "mold" usually refers to fungi that appears as woolly or powdery growths on stored fruits or grow in damp areas of the home
.  Mold allergy is similar to pollen allergy in its symptoms and treatment.  Read more ...